831 species

Stylophora kuehlmanni

Scheer and Pillai, 1983


Schweigger, 1819

Characters: Colonies have thin (up to 5 mm diameter), irregular, often anastomosing branches with blunt ends. Corallites are prominent, almost tubular, with well developed hoods giving branches a spiny appearance. They have style-like columellae and six primary septa which may be short or fused with the columella. The coenosteum is covered by fine spinules. Tentacles are often extended during the day.

Colour: Cream or pink, occasionally greenish.

Similar Species: Stylophora subseriata, which has a similar growth-form but lacks spiny corallite hoods. See also S. pistillata, which can have fine branches, but only in deep or turbid water.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change